|Municipality and town|
Central square of Motavita
Location of the municipality and town of Motavita in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
|Province||Central Boyacá Province|
|Founded||23 December 1816|
|• Mayor||Heli Quintero Suárez
|• Municipality and town||62 km2 (24 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,690 m (8,830 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||8,067|
|Time zone||Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)|
In the time before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca, Motavita was inhabited by the Muisca, organised in their loose Muisca Confederation. Motavita was an important settlement in the coca trade with surrounding indigenous groups, such as the Muzo people who populated the western parts of Boyacá. Motavita was ruled by the zaque of nearby Hunza. Conquistador Hernán Pérez de Quesada, brother of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, reached Motavita in 1540. In 1776 the first evangelisation of the Catholic Church was established by friar Juan Pérez. Modern Motavita was founded on December 23, 1816 and its first mayor was Marino Monrroy.
Motavita was divided into five cadastral vereda (townships): Centro, Carbonera, Ristá, Salvial and Sote Panelas; however, Sote Panelas had four more veredas split off from it, namely: Frutillal, Versalles, Quebrada Honda and Barro Hondo, thus making nine vereda.
Born in Motavita
- Jefferson Vargas, professional cyclist
- (Spanish) Official website Motavita
- López, Javier Ocampo (2001). El imaginario en Boyacá: la identidad del pueblo boyacense y su proyección en la simbología regional (Volume 2: El imaginario colectivo en los pensadores boyacenses). Bogotá, Colombia: Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas". p. 84. ISBN 978-958-9160-90-9.
- "Motavita: Generalidades: 1.2 Limites (Motavita: Overview: 1.2 Borders)" (PDF) (in Spanish). Government of Boyacá. p. 1.
- "Motavita: Generalidades: 1.3 División Política (Veredas)" (PDF) (in Spanish). Government of Boyacá. p. 4.